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Fluid Sealing Association refreshes board, puts Canadian at helm

Wayne, PA – The Fluid Sealing Association has appointed Michael Shorts as president of its board of directors. Shorts is currently vice-president and general manager for Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd., Belleville, ON.


October 22, 2014
By MRO Magazine


Wayne, PA – The Fluid Sealing Association has appointed Michael Shorts as president of its board of directors. Shorts is currently vice-president and general manager for Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd., Belleville, ON.

Also appointed was Phil Mahoney as vice-president of the board of directors. Mahoney is currently the design engineering manager for Compression Packing and Mechanical Seals for the A.W. Chesterton Company, Groveland, MA. As well, FSA named Robert (Rob) S. Coffee to its board of directors. He is currently the vice-president of sales and marketing for Proco Products,Inc., Stockton, CA.

Shorts received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1996 and his MBA in 2005, both from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. Immediately after graduating from university in 1996, Shorts was hired by Durabla Canada Ltd. which is when his gasketing experience began. Throughout his tenure at DCL, Shorts held several positions in production, laboratory, R&D, inside and outside sales, and finally as the general manager. In 2008, Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. (TFC) was created from Durabla Canada to act as the global non-USA marketing, sales and technical support arm of Durlon sealing products, as well as keeping the manufacturing sector of the PTFE gasketing product lines.

Since 2008, Shorts has successfully guided the implementation of several business improvements at TFC, which include overseeing the design and construction of a new production, warehouse and office facility, the set-up of a new ERP system, and the installation of several new automated pieces of equipment. He also acts as the international business development manager for TFC and travels extensively to promote the usage of Durlon sealing products.


Shorts has also been a very active member in the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) since 2000. He currently serves as chair of the membership committee and sits on several other committees as well. He is the past chair of the gasket division and has served on the board of directors since 2012.

Mahoney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management. With over 24 years of experience in the sealing industry, he has held various engineering positions including applications engineering, product management and new product development.

Mahoney currently serves the FSA as vice-chair of the membership committee, as well as a member of the government affairs working group, the marketing committee, and the technical coordinating committee. He is the past xhair of the Compression Packing Division and the Compression Packing Technical Committee. He has been active in the FSA since 2004.

Coffee has been in the expansion joint industry dating back to 1980, working part-time after high school at Pathway Bellows. During his tenure at Pathway, he performed duties including inside customer service for fabric expansion joints and then industrial dampers. In 1990, he transitioned to field salesman with responsibility for Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

In 1994, Coffee joined Proco Products as marketing manager. As vice-president of sales and marketing (2007), his duties include travelling around the United States and Canada conducting engineering seminars and sales training, bringing more than 30 years of application experience as a result of his years behind the desk and in the field.

Coffee also serves the FSA as a member of the marketing and membership committees.

Founded in 1933, the Fluid Sealing Association is an international trade association. Member companies are involved in the production and marketing of a wide range of virtually fluid sealing devices primarily targeted to the industrial market. FSA membership includes a number of companies in Europe, Central America and South America, but is most heavily concentrated in North America. FSA members account for a majority of the manufacturing capacity for fluid sealing devices in the Americas market.

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